CTA to Co-Sponsor 10th Annual Transportation Symposium

November 7, 2006

The Chicago Transit Authority joins the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA), the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), Metra and Pace to present the 10th Annual Transportation Symposium & Business Exchange. The symposium will be held Wednesday, November 15 at the Chicago Hilton and Towers, 720 S. Michigan from
2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The Transportation Symposium & Business Exchange brings together potential contractors with the transit industry's leading suppliers, contractors, purchasing representatives and officials from each of the Chicago area's major public transportation agencies.

Attendees will hear agency procurement forecasts for 2007, attend a business discussion with procurement administrators, visit vendor exhibits and attend informational workshops and a networking buffet. Vendors and contractors also will have an opportunity to meet one-on-one with architects, engineers and professional service firms.

The symposium provides vendors with an opportunity to explore prospects that could broaden business opportunities in the public and private sectors. The symposium also provides a forum for CTA, RTA, Metra and Pace to assist vendors in increasing their supplier diversity.

Companies, including disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE) firms, will have an opportunity to meet with the procurement and DBE representatives from each agency.

The CTA founded the symposium, which was originally the Strategic Alliance Initiative, in 1994. As a result of the event's popularity, CTA invited the RTA, Metra and Pace to join the symposium and all four agencies have served as co-sponsors for the past nine years. This year marks IDOT's first as a co-sponsor at the symposium.

To register for the 10th Annual Transportation Symposium & Business Exchange, call Merry Green Promotions Group at 312-243-3554 or visit their web site, www.merrygreenpromotions.com to register online. There is a $75 fee to register in advance. Registration on the day of the event is $95.

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